Why Women Can't Rely On Male Birth Control

male birth control might never be a good idea

Science aside, men will always be men.

National Geographic recently ran a piece designed to once again whip us up into a frenzy over the possibility that a male contraceptive might finally be developed and released unto the world. According to the piece, a new human sex hormone—Gonadotropin-inhibitory hormone (GnIH)—has been found, which could possibly suppress another hormone whose job it is to get the body ready for sex and reproduction.

Color us unconvinced. Similar pieces seem to run every few years, yet our prayers are never answered. And, now that we think about it, this initiative's continued failure might actually be a good thing. Science Looking Into A Male Birth Control Pill

Exhibit A: Gawker writer Ravi Somaiya speculated that the proliferation of male contraceptive use might actually increase instances of sexually transmitted infections and diseases.

"The same quantity of men would lie about being on the pill as do about about pulling out," he wrote. "Men would forget to take the pill in the same numbers that they forget to buy condoms."

So basically: Don't trust a man to do a woman's job. He will lie with the intent of getting into your pants, forget about BC at the same rate at which he forgets about your anniversary, and leave you with an itchy poochacha and, perhaps, an illegitimate child. 7 Ways Male Birth Control Will Change Everything

Then again, women aren't exactly perfect angels when it comes to protecting their bodies. Though we generally have more to lose (pregnancy is no walk in the park, and 84 percent of single parents are mothers), many of us regularly do or think the following:

1. Forget to refill our birth control prescriptions.

2. Remember to refill our birth control prescriptions, but then forget to take the pill three nights in a row.

3. Get home really late and are tired and collapse into bed without even turning on the lights and/or putting on our fuzzy pajama pants. Therefore, we forget to take our pill and/or we remembered but couldn't muster the energy to take it (which technically counts more as "willful disobedience" than "forgetting").

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